Tuesday, September 4, 2012

V/H/S (2012)

Fear 1/5
Gore 3/5
Entertainment 1/5
Creepiness 2/5

The hotly anticipated and very much hyped V/H/S, promised to do something that had never been done before in the found footage sub-genre. Namely, use the format to create a new and unique horror anthology. A format within a format? Genius! While the conceit is great and the talents behind it are impressive (most notably Ti West and Adam Wingard), none of the stories are particularly interesting and a couple of them don't make a lick of sense. Never mind the fact that the use of outdated technology (VHS) is married with modern day advancements (Skype and video recording eyeglasses). Huh? Overall, this has to be the most disappointing genre experiences I've had this year.

Reviewing horror anthologies are a tricky business. After all, the segments are short stories and it'd be easy to be spoileriffic. But a brief rundown of each segment is as follows:

- A night of drinking and wanting to hook up with a pair of girls goes horribly awry for a group of douchey fellas when one of the girls turns out to be not exactly of this world (the only mildly interesting segment really).

- A couple head out for a weekend getaway in the Arizona desert, exploring the local mining town, taking in the sights and scenery, and through it all, they're stalked by a strange woman and Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

- A Skype chat between two lovers finds the woman terrified of a supernatural presence within her apartment. What ensued next made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

- A group of teens head out to the woods (stop me if you've heard this one before) and one of them reveals her purpose for bringing the group there, awakening the presence of some mythological monster (or something like that) in the process.

- A group of friends think they're headed to like the raddest Halloween party ever but when they get there, they find out that the house is haunted and they unwittingly unleash the spirit which was in the process of being destroyed. D'oh!

On top of all that, we have a really boring and uninteresting wrap around segment where a group of petty criminals try to make a quick buck by stealing a very important VHS tape, stumbling into a collection of them, and watching said tapes which reveal the aforementioned segments. Why and how they were put together and for what purpose is never really revealed.

I expected a lot out of V/H/S considering the talents behind it and based on the press that it was getting. Not even a halfway decent film to be found here and it ends up being a colossal waste of time. I want my $10 back.

Cortez the Killer


Ryne Barber said...

Sucks to hear that you didn't enjoy, because I did think that this might be one of the better horror films this year. Apparently that's not the case.

Koyote TheBartender said...

We at the Tavern absolutely loathed it. Whenever I write a negative review, I always try to say a few nice things (as in my review of THE SLEEPER), but I not only couldn't say anything nice about V/H/S, I found myself fuming as I wrote the review because this movie showcased everything i hate in modern horror movie trends.

- Koyote the Bartender

Kristine said...

Really interesting to read your thoughts on the movie. I love how we all interpret and evaluate the elements and angles of the horror genre differently. I, myself, thoroughly enjoyed its inconsistency and sequence suspense. Might've been due to the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about the movie (or who were behind it) until I was placed in front of it, which didn't force me to have any expectations of it whatsoever.

Planet of Terror said...

@Ryne, I really wanted to and was hoping to be entertained. But it bored me to tears. Half-assed ideas and just really bad story telling. But I understand that other folks mileages may vary.

@Koyote, just read your review. We definitely share some of the same sentiments. It's just mind boggling how bad it is considering the talents involved.

@Kristine, glad someone else found some value in this. And that's what makes horror so great: it's entirely subjective. I wasn't expecting the greatest film ever but I certainly didn't expect what unfolded onscreen. Truly disappointing.

Anonymous said...

True, true; fantastic review.